I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Marc Jacobs is a complete and utter genius. Just when we thought underwear as outerwear would be forever condemned WAGS wardrobes and 90′s tribute bands, he goes and gives it a fash-over. Remember when Kate Moss strutted her bondage clad stuff on the Louis Vuitton catwalk for AW12? Her appearance illicited widespread gasps of “ohmigod how is she FORTY?” and, combined with Jacobs’ seductively stylish designs, instantly made S&M chic again (or possibly for the first time?). Well, this season Miss Moss has joined Monsieur Marc in reviving the naughty negligee. You know me, my sartorial choices tend towards the demure/preppy/terminally unsexy but after watching this show (12 times) on Style.com I’ve suddenly found myself craving La Perla.
The other week I was lucky enough to get up close and personal with the collection at the Louis Vuitton AW13 press day and can confirm that it’s even more mouthwateringly delectable in person. After spending the best part of an hour ogling the collection I came to the conclusion that seeing and stroking such super soft pelts and luxer-than-luxe silks could captivate even the biggest fashion-fobes out there. Frankly, anyone who isn’t rendered weak at the knees by a hand stitched Ostrich feather handbag has something very wrong with them. And let’s not forget those negligees… In softest brushed velvet trimmed with cobweb fine lace and adorned with embroidered clusters of feathers, should I ever be lucky enough to own one I’d be sooner display it on a plinth in my sitting room than wear it to sleep in.
Whether or not fashion can or should be considered “art” is such a huge point of contention that I wont even go there but whatever your view on it, the sheer level of skill that goes in to creating garments such as these is undeniably awe inspiring. Sequin embellished tweeds came trimmed in glossy pelts, each fibre meticulously crafted by specialised seamstresses in the Louis Vuitton atelier. I’ve always felt that it’s the combination of the house’s heritage and Marc Jacob’s inherently modern style that makes Louis Vuitton collections so compelling. This fusion of time tested techniques and innovative design was epitomised by one coat in particular which married mannish tartan tailoring with opulent feather trim, strange in theory yet oh-so-brilliant on the Louis Vuitton catwalk. Indeed, the juxtposition of fabulously feminine, boudoir ready ensembles with androgynous outerwear was central to this collection and made for the kind of irreverent elegance that fashion fantasies are fuelled by.
For those of you who haven’t seen the AW13 show yet, I urge you to stop whatever you’re doing and watch it immediately! Just to make it extra easy, here you go…
Love Ella. X